20 years ago (2001)

Melanie Benjamin, in her first State of the Band address since being elected Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribal chief executive last June, delivered a tough message urging members to take more responsibility for their lives. Some band members complain she doesn't share enough casino profits with individuals.

30 years ago (1991)

Brainerd might soon be a town without a pediatrician. Drs. Marilyn Peitso and James Marquardt are leaving and Brainerd Medical Center administrator Curt Nielsen says they have had no luck thus far in finding replacements. The closest pediatrician will be in St. Cloud; St. Gabriel's in Little Falls is also looking for one.

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40 years ago (1981)

(Photo) This 15-1 walleye, caught by Mrs. Emil Filipek of Merrifield on Pelican Lake, is the largest walleye caught in this area in several decades. The fish, 34 inches in length, hit a shiner minnow in 24 feet of water. Asked how she did it, she said, “I tell the men it's the perfume I wear.”

60 years ago (1961)

Bow hunting success reached an all time high at Camp Ripley with 8,075 hunters registering and 200 deer taken. There were 162 deer taken in October and 38 in December, with a success rate of 2.4 percent. Game biologist Walt Petraborg said dividing the camp into five zones helped focus the hunting.

80 years ago (1941)

Organization of a 28-piece band to be assigned to headquarters company of the new State Defense Force is planned and will be stationed in Brainerd. The Defense Force will take over when the National Guard unit is mobilized. Additionally, Art Hautala, 29, has been appointed chief clerk and will locate in the armory.

100 years ago (1921)

James Gravelle of Northeast Brainerd, charged with having liquor in his home, was taken in custody by Special Officer E.G. Boyd. It was charged he had 15 quarts of “Sunnybrook” whiskey in his home. Officers found three bottles in a folding bed and 12 more bottles hidden in the loft.